If there was an award for most colourful fruit stand in the Lower Similkameen, Bear’s Fruit Stand would annually be in the top three.
Every autumn, Bear’s decorates the exterior and parking area with an assortment of gourds, pumpkins, and straw bales. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Lower Similkameen’s striking mountains and pastoral farm lands, Bear’s fall display evokes images of a traditional country harvest.
The display acts like a car magnet, pulling curious motorists off the highway to wander around, have a look and buy some of the region’s fresh fruits and vegetables.
A new addition to Bear’s attractions this year is the corn maze, set up in a field just south of the fruit stand.
Owner Sue Frasch said the maze has been a steady draw for weekend customers who are looking for something to do outdoors.
“It takes about 20 minutes to go through,” she said, noting that both kids and adults alike are taking a turn at it. Frasch expects the maze to be in operation through Halloween.
“We’re adding little extras to make it a little scary for Halloween,” she added.